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Even though several large online retailers announced they will no longer sell the Confederate battle flag, demand for the southern symbol has largely increased. Calls to eliminate the flag from the public square have escalated since last week when 21-year-old Dylann Roof was charged with killing nine people in Charleston, S.C.
Walmart, Sears, eBay, and Amazon announced Tuesday they will no longer be selling the Confederate flag or anything with its image. Valley Forge Flag, a major flag production company, also said they will no longer sell the stars and bars. Their announcements come after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, asked her legislature Monday to pass legislation removing a Confederate flag currently on statehouse grounds.
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Despite the repudiation of the Confederate battle flag by these companies, sales are going through the roof for smaller outlets, CNNMoney reported. “Somebody in Rhode Island ordered 50 Confederate [lapel] pins,” Kerry McCoy, owner of Flag and Banner in Little Rock, Ark., told CNNMoney. “We sold 20 today and we would normally sell none.”
Freddie Rich of Rebel Store in North Carolina told the outlet that sales have been “unbelievable right now. This is something I never envisioned.” Rich’s site had to stop processing orders after receiving 3,000 in less than 24 hours, he said on his website. On a good day, Rebel Store would receive 20 orders. Here is his company’s statement:
We appreciate your support during this terribly sad time while the intolerant, the mean spirited, and the uneducated attack our Proud Southern Heritage with a vengeance.
Sorry – we have sold out. Thank you so much – our faith in the South has been renewed!
If you have already placed an order with us – please be patient and rest assured that we are working as quickly as possible to get your order out to you and we will send an email as soon as we ship with the tracking information. We have received over 3,000 orders in less than 24 hours, when a good day for us is 20 orders in 24 hours. We are filling them and shipping in the order in which they were received.
As soon as we are ‘caught up’ with the backlog, we will again have the website back up and running.
Please don’t worry that we will ever bow to the historically stupid, politically correct.
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h/t: IJ Review
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